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March 10, 2017

“The state has an obligation not just to patients, but to taxpayers. With the looming uncertainty over Medicaid under the new administration in ...

March 07, 2017

When the state of Ohio released its proposed budget for the next two fiscal years, a significant provision was tucked away that aims to deal with a $597 million shortfall in FY2018. In 2009, Ohio began levying a sales tax on Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). In sum, this was the mechanism that Ohio, and a number of other states, used to draw down federal Medicaid dollars.

March 06, 2017

Kansas’ Medicaid program administrators shared Monday with House legislators explanations and improvement strategies in response to federal reports declaring the privatized system of KanCare out of compliance and a potential risk to recipients.

March 06, 2017

From the very first days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states have been trying to tweak their Medicaid programs. Now those tweaks -- the ones that succeeded and the ones that failed -- offer insight into the future of health care as President Donald Trump aims to give states more power to decide what their plans offer and how they function.

March 03, 2017

The state Department of Health (DOH) could have saved the Medicaid program as much as $146 million over a six-year period if it had helped Medicaid patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) who meet certain eligibility requirements get the Medicare benefits to which they are entitled, according to an auditreleased today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. 

March 01, 2017

Expanding the state’s Medicaid program in 2018-19 and providing more funding to address the state’s opioid crisis are among the top priorities of Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget when it comes to health care.

March 01, 2017

Brian Neale has been tapped by the Donald Trump administration as the new director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, according to the agency's former director Cindy Mann. 

February 28, 2017

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Congress are all having the same nightmare. It is called Medicaid. Now there is a chance to turn bad dreams into great, big happy ones. Texas is in a unique position to lead.

February 25, 2017

Speculation continues to circulate around whether Obamacare will be repealed, replaced, or amended. Less well known but also important are the possible changes coming to state Medicaid programs with a new administration.

February 22, 2017

For now, it looks as if the Republican Congress will end up leaving the structure of Obamacare’s expanded Medicaid program intact and that Tom Price — President Trump’s secretary of health and human services — will use his administrative powers to grant states greater discretion in running their Medicaid programs.

February 17, 2017

Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed that one of his very first acts upon taking office would be to repeal the Affordable Care Act (the ACA). Since his inauguration, however, it has become clear that even with Republican control of both houses of Congress, there is no consensus on how to repeal the ACA. 

February 16, 2017

Seema Verma, the nominee to lead the CMS, said during her confirmation hearing Thursday that she may claw back parts of a rule that overhauled managed Medicaid programs. She also opposes turning Medicare into a voucher program and thinks rural providers shouldn't face risk in alternative payment models.

February 14, 2017

Kansas officials and advocates of expanding the state's Medicaid program are at odds over what the expansion would cost, delaying a legislative committee's vote on the idea.

February 13, 2017

The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in limbo, but the Medicaid program might be the insurance industry’s biggest uncertainty.

February 10, 2017

Grand Valley State University signed a partnership agreement Friday, Feb. 10, that provides its premedical students enhanced opportunities for admission to Wayne State University's School of Medicine.

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